Three charged over Steven Donaldson death

© SuppliedSteven Donaldson.
Steven Donaldson.

Three people have been charged over the murder of Steven Donaldson.

The oil worker was found dead in the car park of a Tayside beauty spot.

A teenage girl aged 19 and two men aged 23 have been charged over the death of the 27-year-old, whose body was discovered around 5am on Thursday June 7 in the car park of Kinnordy Nature Reserve near Kirriemuir, Angus.

A major investigation into his death continues and police encouraged anyone with information about his murder to come forward.

The three suspects are due to appear at Forfar Sheriff Court on Monday.

Mr Donaldson was an offshore worker who previously ran a property business.

Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent James Smith, of Police Scotland’s major investigation team, said: “I would again like to thank all those who have provided information and assistance in connection with this enquiry so far.

“Our investigation is still ongoing and I would encourage anyone with information they think could assist us, to please contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”

On Thursday a gathering of friends and wellwishers took place in Mr Donaldson’s memory.

Meanwhile, speaking at the weekend, his friend Martin Johnstone, 48, said: “When I spoke to ­Steven on Wednesday, he told me he was going to Kirriemuir and he seemed fine. We didn’t hear the body was him until police announced it on Friday.

“All his friends are in deep shock. We don’t know why ­anyone would hurt Steven.

“He worked offshore all over the world and had only just returned from a two-week stint.

“I was his best friend and we spoke every day. He was a 100% hard-working, genuine guy, who was never in trouble.”

Mr Johnstone added: “Steven didn’t drink or smoke and regularly went to the gym. He lived with his mum but was about to buy his own place.

“None of his friends can think of any reason why anyone would want to cause him harm.”

Faisal Naseem, 30, added: “Steven was someone who was always on the go and never hung about the house. He was always with one of his many friends.”